WHY DO WE EXIST?
SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM WITHOUT BORDERS (SOJOWB) was founded in in 2021 by Aussie freelance journalist, documentary producer & Solutions Journalism Network LEDE Fellow Stephanie Capper. The world's first independent experiential solutions journalism study program, SOJOWB organizes cohorts of aspiring journalists where marginalized and underrepresented communities are responding to chronic social or environmental problems to learn and produce solutions journalism.
During SOJOWB intensive international learning experiences, students learn how to catalyze high-impact solutions reporting in order to amplify marginalized voices and reframe coverage of complex problems - collaboratively, and in-community.
Why? Because we know that by only reporting on what’s going wrong, we fail to portray an accurate picture of the world. And we delight in finding solutions and sharing responses to problems with the global community.
By applying the Solutions Journalism Network's Four Pillars of Solutions Journalism
to our practice, we embrace the opportunity to tell 'the WHOLE Story', which
studies show strengthens citizenship, sparks constructive discourse, unleashes the
power of positive deviance, increases self-efficacy to enhance our capacity to solve
problems & delegitimizes excuses to better hold those in power to account.
Stephanie Jane Capper, Journalist
Stephanie is a freelance correspondent, documentary producer and social impact entrepreneur from the Gold Coast Australia. She has written about human rights, social justice and their solutions for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, SBS and Huffington Post and has travelled the world teaching documentary film with Actuality Abroad, co-producing more than 20 short and micro-documentaries about changemakers Asia, Africa, and Central America. She currently lives between Barcelona, Spain and rural Guatemala.